'This Week' Transcript: Newt Gingrich, John Boehner

TAPPER: You were in the House leadership when Gingrich was speaker. You had some well-documented clashes with him. I understand that you guys have buried the hatchet since then, but you had some clashes with him. Do you think he has the managerial skills and the temperament to be president of the United States?

BOEHNER: Listen, I am -- you know I'm not going to talk about this presidential primary race, because I've made it clear to everyone that it's just not -- I'm the speaker of the House. I've got a big job to do up on the Hill. That's where my focus is. And this primary process will take care of itself.

TAPPER: Last question for you, Speaker Boehner. You got pretty emotional this week during the farewell to Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Tell us what it was like to accept her -- her resignation letter.

BOEHNER: Well, she's been through an awful lot. And her constituents, those who lost their lives about a year ago -- and it was -- it was -- I've never seen quite a farewell in the House like this, a bipartisan effort. All of the members were there. A sad day for the House.

TAPPER: Sad day for you personally?

BOEHNER: Yep, but a very brave lady.

TAPPER: Speaker Boehner, thanks so much for joining us.

BOEHNER: Thank you.

TAPPER: Coming up, our powerhouse political roundtable weighs in and all the week's politics on the fight in Florida, the president's State of the Union agenda, and that finger-wagging photo of the week.



KIMMEL: President Obama gave his annual State of the Union address tonight. And the state of the union for 2012 is Kentucky. Congratulations.

STEWART: Obviously, for a speech like this, joint session, you want to ease in, you want to warm up the crowd gradually.

OBAMA (singing): I'm so in love with you...

With a rule like that, I guess it was worth crying over spilled milk.

COLBERT: Well the Jay Leno-in-chief was cracking wise, the crime rate in this country is soaring. Just yesterday, two peanuts were walking down the street and one was assaulted.


TAPPER: We'll get to the president's State of the Union in a moment, but first, the Florida primary is just two days away and here to discuss that and more, our roundtable, as always, George Will, Donna Brazile, Austan Goolsbee, the president's former economic adviser and now an ABC News consultant -- welcome, Austan -- and Laura Ingraham, host of the nationally syndicated "Laura Ingraham Show" and a Fox News contributor. Welcome to you all.

George, just in the last few minutes, we have some new polls out of Florida, a Marist poll having Romney at 42, Gingrich 27, Santorum 16, Paul 11. Romney opening up that gap with Gingrich even more than the Miami Herald poll. What's going on?

WILL: Time is not Newt Gingrich's friend, because the more time he has, the more he talks. And the more he talks, the more he says things -- as he just did here this morning -- he said, I'd love to be civil, but I'm running against a maniacal liar. Now, that's pretty strong language.

I don't know if you've ever told Longfellow's nursery rhyme to your 4-year-old daughter, Alice.

TAPPER: No, not yet.

WILL: There is a little girl, who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very good, indeed, and when she was bad, she was horrid. And we're at the horrid stage with Newt Gingrich.

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